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Old 10-29-2011, 04:34 PM
 
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You don't find the stimulating effects of coffee a benefit???

Well, go to tea and in the amounts you mention and it will be a big step down.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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Tea (made with real actual tea leaves, not "herbal tea" which generally doesn't contain any tea at all, and is, actually, an 'infusion' mislabeled) gives me a stomach ache.

I'm not fond of herbal infusions, because I want the caffeine, and I don't want "flavored" stuff.

Coffee, on the other hand, gives me that instant "go" in the morning upon my very first sip. It has just enough caffeine to get me ready for work, or a workout, or whatever morning tasks I might have. But it's the aroma, the combination of taste and smell, that packs the most powerful punch for me. Also, if I -don't- have a cup of coffee in the morning, I get a migraine headache later in the day. Oddly, I only need that one cup. I might have a second in the early afternoon if I'm especially in the mood, but I don't miss that second cup at all if I don't get it. Only the morning cup has that kind of physical power for me.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:41 PM
 
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"Tea" is short for "tisane", which is an herbal infusion, so herbal tea is, indeed, tea. It's just not necessarily the black tea which we generally call tea.

Anecdote: My father in law is the last surviving sibling in his family. His four brothers, all coffee drinkers who eschewed tea, died in their 40's and 50's from heart disease. My FIL and MIL drink a cup of coffee in the morning, but always have tea with lunch and dinner. They are 88 and 86, respectively. Their diet was no different other than the tea.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:44 PM
 
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You can get the benefits of tea from supplements which contain the green tea extract. A nice cup of tea can have a calming effect from the heat and smell of the drink.
Coffee, not so much since it is more stimulating and does not contain any antioxidants.
Actually coffee does have antioxidants too, although not as many.
I have coffee in the morning and decaf tea in the afternoon.
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Old 10-30-2011, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I personally NEED my tea every morning - I have 4-5 cups of regular Lipton. At other times I'll have green tea, Lemon, Earl Grey, etc. (NO fruity sweet ones though). I do need the regular caffeinated Lipton in the morning though.
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Old 10-31-2011, 06:43 AM
 
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"Tea" is short for "tisane", which is an herbal infusion, so herbal tea is, indeed, tea. It's just not necessarily the black tea which we generally call tea.

Anecdote: My father in law is the last surviving sibling in his family. His four brothers, all coffee drinkers who eschewed tea, died in their 40's and 50's from heart disease. My FIL and MIL drink a cup of coffee in the morning, but always have tea with lunch and dinner. They are 88 and 86, respectively. Their diet was no different other than the tea.
Interesting about the tea, thanks!

As for FIL and MIL and FIL's brothers, there's probably a lot of other things going on. How about stress level. How -much- coffee did the brothers drink, in a single day's time, and did they drink it black, or with sugar, and if so, how much per cup? Diet isn't the only contributory factor to heart disease and early death.

What kind of physical activities were the brothers involved in? What kind of work did they do? For instance - a runner in the NY Stock Exchange who plays racketball daily and visits the race track once a week, is more likely to keel over from a heart attack, than a yoga instructor who jogs daily and plays canasta once a week.

My parents both drink coffee, and don't drink tea, and are in their 70's.
My grandmother drank tea, and died in her 90's, as a heartbreakingly sad shell of what she had once been.
My younger sister drinks tea once in awhile, and she has all sorts of internal (organ-based and digestive system based) problems. I drink a cup of coffee every morning and my innards are just fine.
My aunt died in her 80's, with metastasized lung cancer that had spread to every part of her body. She drank several cups of coffee every day; but it was smoking that killed her, not caffeine. If she didn't smoke, the doctors said she probably would've outlived all of us in the family.
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:56 PM
 
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Default Coffee vs Tea

Nice article in the WaPo today on the coffee vs tea issue, i.e., is tea better for our health?

What I'd like is for people to post their personal accounts of how tea improved their health, similar to some of the comments posted by readers of the WaPo article (prostate gland improvement, no jitters, etc).

Also, go ahead and name your favorite tea and/or your method and equipment for brewing tea.

Thank you!
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